Longtime Gaming Industry Executive Alan Feldman Joins UNLV International Gaming Institute as Distinguished Fellow
Alan Feldman, one of the thought leaders behind MGM GameSense—a nationwide responsible gaming initiative developed by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC)—to lead International Gaming Institute’s responsible gaming efforts.
LAS VEGAS - May 9, 2019 - Alan Feldman, who spent 29 years as a senior executive with MGM Resorts International, recently joined UNLV’s International Gaming Institute (IGI) as a Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming. Feldman, whose appointment began May 1, will lead IGI’s responsible gaming efforts, including further developing programs and policies to advance knowledge and capabilities within the industry and regulatory community.
This fellowship will support IGI’s mission of promoting international best practices in responsible gaming at a time when integrated resorts are entering more jurisdictions than ever. IGI actively conducts responsible gaming research and related training programs, including a report and related work that led to the approval of integrated resorts in Japan.
Feldman’s appointment represents a natural next step for UNLV IGI.
“At IGI, we pride ourselves on bringing the world's brilliant gaming minds together under one roof to tackle our field's biggest questions,” said Bo Bernhard, executive director of UNLV IGI. “In this spirit, we are delighted to welcome Alan Feldman, a true industry giant and pioneering responsible gaming executive, to our team.”
Prior to his recent departure from MGM, Feldman spearheaded the launch of GameSense—an innovative, player-focused national responsible gambling program developed by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) that encourages players to adopt behaviors and attitudes that can reduce the risk of developing gambling disorders.
Over his 30-plus year career, Feldman has also developed relationships with academics, clinicians, public health officials, and problem gambling patients and is a frequent speaker on responsible gaming at conferences, universities, and media events around the world. He also serves as chair of both the National Center for Responsible Gaming and the Nevada Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling.
Feldman continues to advise MGM on its ongoing efforts to improve the planning, development, and implementation of responsible gaming policies and programs.
“I am so excited to bring what I’ve learned in my career and work with the public, private, and non-profit sectors to UNLV International Gaming Institute—a one-of-a-kind academic institution dedicated to the study of gaming,” said Feldman. “Working together, I’m confident we’ll be able to gain new insights into harm reduction for at-risk players and positively impact more lives globally through our responsible gaming efforts.”
About UNLV International Gaming Institute
For more than 25 years, UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) has provided research-based solutions, cutting-edge insights, and executive education to the global gaming industry. With expertise in areas like gaming and hospitality innovation, regulation and policy, esports, diversity, and responsible gambling, IGI has been called upon to provide its research to more than 50 jurisdictions across the globe. In addition to these offerings, IGI proudly emphasizes diversity and community outreach through initiatives like the Young Executive Scholars Hospitality & Tourism Program (YES), which gives high schoolers a behind-the-scenes look at the career and educational opportunities that the hospitality industry provides. For more information, please visit www.unlv.edu/igi.
Nicole Schultz, Global Gaming Capital Coordinator (UNLV IGI)